Unmanned Aerial Vehicle – Drones!

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle – Drones!

15 March 2019

The use of drones can be a useful and innovative resource to employ to carry out assignments such as media, property advertising, construction/surveying, mapping and infrastructure inspection services, agriculture, emergency service support and event photography but there is a concern they can also be used for malicious intentions. The disruption caused in 2018 demonstrated the difficulties in identifying and preventing unofficial – unsanctioned – drone flight over prohibited airspace.

Drone technology has grown exponentially as its potential starts to be harnessed by commercial operators; The CAA figures for August 2018 show there are 4,530 operators with permission for commercial operation of drones in the UK. In 2010 there were just five commercial permissions for operation, 110 in 2013 and 1,769 in mid-2016. [figures obtained from Nesta]

Entry costs to this market remain low; purchasing costs for Commercial-grade camera drone start under £1,000. Training, licensing and insurance can be covered for an additional few thousand.

We are aware that there are a number of companies offering Drone Detection Systems to shopping centres. When considering whether to purchase such a system, we strongly recommend first contacting your local CTSA for advice on the suitability of the systems. A useful exercise to undertake is to conduct a survey of your property and its surrounding land to identify take-off and landing points and to include these in regular site inspections.


CPNI has a library of guidance on drones which you can access via the CPNI extranet. Guidance includes:

-       Conducting site vulnerability assessments for unmanned aerial system threats

-       Introduction to counter unmanned aerial systems technologies

-       Managing the security risks of small unmanned aerial systems

-       Mitigating potential data vulnerabilities of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) – Guidance Document

-       Guidance on Security Guard Force Response to Security Risks Posed by Unmanned Aerial Systems

-       Security-minded communications for Countering Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

-       Unmanned aerial vehicles data cards